Congratulations again to Ashton Harlan for winning the second challenge in a row! Her shading, composition, and unusual approach to the theme was music to the judge’s ears and eyes.
Head judge Beth Livesay said, “This is a really refreshing take on the concept. Thanks for mixing the theme up and telling us more about yourself. The color story and execution here is nothing short of what I’d expect from you. I think all the hidden musical elements are so fun and keep me looking at this piece over and over again. I also love the video transitions — keep them coming!”
Guest judge Blanca Martinez said, “Ashton’s work is original as she decided to annex the musical instruments. The harmony in colors and usage of various collections is perfect and the figurines are very detailed.”
Head judge Jan Arnold said, “You have it all, the entire package! Brilliant concept, beautiful colorway, excellent storytelling, and you showed your personal side which was very endearing. Great pro tips for success! LOVE everything about your work. Watch your own nails.”
Season 5 champion Valerie Ducharme said, “Amazing! I love your storytelling it’s personal, original ,and unique. You pushed the design further with your musical instruments. Beautiful shapes and shading of your animals. I would have liked to see your nails more separate from each other, as it would have made this more challenging.”
Ashton will be winning a PRO-275 e-file; an LED-30 lamp; KIT-03 (Professional acrylic kit); Acrylic powders in Cover Nude, Cover Rose, Cover Pink, and Frosted Pink; Acrylic powder collections in Red Gift, Nude, Blue Lovers, I Love Pink, and Fruity (approximate value: $500).
The nail tech who is packing up her paintbrushes this week is … Melisa Salazar. Melisa, the judges love your energy and for this particular challenge thought your texture work was brilliant, as was your inspirational trip to see actual animals up-close. We’ll miss the fun and flair you bring to NTNA.
But this won’t be the last you hear from Melisa. She will move on to CND’s Last Chance Design Lab where she’ll have one last chance to stay in the competition. Check back Friday to see who will move on in our Last Chance battle — Melisa or Jerilee.
Tune in Monday to see the results of the LeChat challenge and vote for your favorites! Good luck to our remaining Top 10 competitors!